Many people are under the impression that motorcycle helmets are a guarantee of walking away from a motorcycle accident unscathed. However, considering that motorcycle accidents cause 27 times more fatalities than normal car accidents, this may not be entirely the case.
Breaking Down the Data
Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that helmets are about:
37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths
67% effective in preventing brain injuries
Looking at these stats, motorcycle helmets can decrease the likelihood of a rider sustaining a head or fatal injury. However, that does not mean that they are a sure means of protecting the rider in the event of a motorcycle accident.
The helmet only protects the head and helps prevent fatal injuries that may be caused due to brain injuries. But the rest of the rider’s body is still completely exposed and susceptible to injury if a rider is hit.
They can easily still sustain spinal cord injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, and road rash burns. Plus, it’s important to remember that brain injuries are still a possibility, even if a rider is wearing a helmet.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
Whether or not a helmet was worn, we understand the devastating impacts that a motorcycle accident can have on a person’s life. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, turn to the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Effres & Effres for aggressive legal representation.
At our firm, we believe that negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Our Los Angeles attorneys will work as your legal advocates to prove the driver was negligent so you obtain the compensation needed to physically, emotionally, and financially recover.
Contact Effres & Effres at (818) 222-9720 to schedule your free consultation. If you are social distancing during COVID-19, we are also providing phone consultations and remote legal services.